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Pulses in India

Facts for Prelims (FFP)

 Source: DTE

Context: The Indian government has begun monitoring the stock levels of pulses in the country amidst concerns of a possible decrease in yield due to heavy rain and hailstorms in late March and early April.

  • The total production of pulses in 2021-22 was 27.3 million tonnes and this year’s target was kept at 29.55 million tonnes.

 

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The Indian government has urged states to procure pulses (for Mid-day meals) under the PM-POSHAN (Prime Minister’s Overarching Scheme for Holistic Nutrition) program from NAFED (National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Ltd.).

 

Reason for this direction: The government maintains buffer stocks of pulses through NAFED and wants states to purchase from them to ensure benefits from economies of scale and subsidized rates for the students

 

About NAFED:

NAFED (est. 1958; HQ: New Delhi) is a cooperative marketing organization that promotes cooperative marketing of agricultural produce and stabilizes prices of essential commodities like pulses.

 

About PM POSHAN

Pradhan Mantri POshan SHAkti Nirman (PM POSHAN) is a Centrally Sponsored Scheme, earlier known as the National Scheme for Mid-Day Meal (launched 1995; under Ministry of Education) in Schools.  It aims at Enhancing the enrolment, retention and attendance of students, and improving nutritional levels among school-going children (class 1 to 8). It will provide one hot cooked meal in Government and Government-aided schools from 2021-22 to 2025-26.